MTV today announced nominations for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, with Kendrick Lamar scoring the most of the year with eight nominations for his video “HUMBLE.” Katy Perry and The Weeknd are tied for second with five nominations each. (The full list is below.)
The show also announced a pair of award tweaks: Best Male Video and Best Female Video have been combined into the non-gender-specific Artist of the Year (echoing a similar move by the MTV Movie & TV Awards earlier this year) and the Best Fight Against the System category has been added “to celebrate videos that inspire viewers to stand up and fight injustice.”
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The 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards” will air live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 AT 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Jesse Ignjatovic returns as Executive Producer for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, while Bruce Gillmer, Garrett English and Lee Lodge are Executive Producers. Melanie Block serves as Executive in Charge of Production, Amani Duncan is Music Executive in Charge, and Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive in Charge. Official sponsors of the show include Extra Gum, Pepsi, Swiffer, Taco Bell, Truth and Verizon.
The nomination announcements were made today via Instagram Live by influencers including Bretman Rock, Ariel Martin (Baby Ariel), DC Young Fly, Andrea Russet, Chantel Jeffries, Ricky Dillon, StassiBaby, Jay Versace and Nate Garner. Each influencer was tasked with unveiling a portion of the nominees on Instagram Live in a successive chain that ultimately revealed the full list.
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Beginning today (July 25), fans can vote across eight VMA categories — including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Collaboration” and more — by visiting www.vma.mtv.com. Voting for the Best New Artist award will remain live through the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show, which airs just before the big show at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on August 27. Nominees for the socially voted category, “Best Song of Summer,” will be announced at a later date.